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Waldorf firmware 3.0

Waldorf firmware 3.0  ·  Source: Waldorf

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Waldorf consolidates the futuristic synthesizer OS shared by the Quantum, the Quantum Mk2 and the Iridium desktop and keyboard. Version 3.0 has some very welcome features.

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Waldorf 3.0

It’s interesting how the new version 3.0 OS brings together and unifies its top synthesizers. This perhaps gives a reason for the recent discontinuation of the Kyra hardware platform. It appears that Waldorf wants to focus on the futuristic internals of the Quantum and Iridium and take us forward to new dimensions.

Firmware update

Probably the most crucial unification is the bumping of the Quantum to 16 digital voices. This doesn’t appear to affect the analogue filter count where a Voice Allocation mode can mix analogue and digital layers.

The oscillators can now be moved about in the stereo field. A new Mix screen lets you level, pan and route all three oscillators individually. You can also set minimum and maximum note parameters and Mono Mode has a new retriggering function for force retriggering even when the previous note is still in release.

Waldorf Quantum Mk2

Waldorf Quantum Mk2

Wavetables get some bit reduction-style effects and now all the parameters are available on screen as well as on the knobs. There are new noise modes called Pings and Geiger and that’s all in stereo too. For the Resonator you can now disable pitch tracking. We get a new Tremolo effect, and the sequencer is bumped up to 64 steps.

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Those are the main points of interest but of course, there are plenty of other tweaks and adjustments under the hood. For people who like every single detail then you can view the whole list here.

Waldorf Iridium

Waldorf Iridium

It looks like a solid upgrade that sets Waldorf up for focusing on new features across the board. The stereo elements and voice counts alone make this a decent upgrade for any user.

Download it now

The update is free and available to anyone with the hardware to support it. It does require you to register on the Waldorf website and give away some information. You’ll need to download an update file for your specific synthesizer as there are still limits to the level of unification.

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One response to “Waldorf releases version 3.0 Quantum and Iridium firmware”

    snow rider 3d says:
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    Additionally, it is possible to establish both minimum and maximum note parameters. Furthermore, Mono Mode now has a novel retriggering mechanism that enables force retriggering, even if the previous note is still in the release phase.

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